“Our students are going to be the ones that need to propose a new way of thinking for our community going forward. We know how these conversations regarding climate change generally work in the world today; our community, and communities like ours, are not typically invited into spaces to have them. Naturally, people are drawn in to the work of our students and ask them about farming and beekeeping. I don’t feel like I have to say to them that they have to get involved in the environmental justice movement, they just do the work and it speaks for itself.” -- Farmer and Educator, Kamal Bell of Sankofa Farms

It can be easy to think of humans as being separate from the natural world and to see our environment as something we impact as opposed to belong to. The truth is, we are both the cause of environmental and social problems and the solution. There are many aspects of our modern world that contribute to extraction, exploitation and injustice; simultaneously our world is full of individuals, organizations and communities invested in their local habitats and the people who belong to them.

Root 5 Farm and farms like it are beneficial. Ben and Danielle not only provide for 400 families living in Fairlee, Vermont, but the farm itself creates crucial habitat for a diverse assortment of essential species. Through their work, they are not acting outside of nature, but entwining themselves and their livelihoods to it. What this creates is a community that is nourished by an equally nourished landscape. It goes to show that when we open ourselves to the thriving of others, we too can thrive.